Outdoor water restrictions take effect in Attleboro area | Local News
Preparing for what could be another dry summer, communities in the region are putting outdoor water restrictions in place, many of which begin on Saturday.
While there has been rain in recent days, absolutely no snow in March, which is normally around 7 inches, and below-average precipitation for April has led state officials to place the area that includes the counties of Bristol and Norfolk in a level 2, or significant, drought.
For April, only about 3 1/2 inches of rain was recorded by the Attleboro Water Department. The month usually exceeds 4 inches.
March saw just over 2 inches of rain, but generally has double the precipitation, which is rain and sleet.
State officials are advising residents and businesses in the area to conserve water indoors and out, limiting new plantings to native and drought-tolerant plants, and fixing leaks.
The last drought was recent, ranging from May to December.
Attleboro does not yet have outdoor water restrictions, but all other communities in the area do with the exception of Rehoboth, which has no municipal water supply.
The North Attleboro Water Department has issued a non-essential mandatory water use restriction that began on Saturday and is expected to last until September.
Odd-numbered addresses are permitted to use non-essential outdoor water only before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Even addresses are only allowed before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
The non-essential use of water is to irrigate lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; vehicle washing, except in a commercial car wash; washing exterior surfaces of buildings, parking lots, driveways, except when necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives or cement.
The following uses may be permitted when mandatory restrictions are in place: irrigation to establish new lawn and new plantings; irrigation of public parks and recreational areas with automatic sprinklers outside of the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and watering lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamentals using a hand hose.
Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in penalties: First infringement – recall notice; second offense, written warning; third offense, fine of $ 50; and fourth offense, fine of $ 100 per day for each additional offense.
Restrictions are needed, say water officials, due to PFAS chemical contamination at the Adamsdale well, current groundwater conditions in the Southeast region, and to maintain compliance with the license to withdraw from the state city water management.
Residents have likely seen the signs the city has posted for outdoor water use.
Selectmen voted to lift the ban on outdoor water use effective Saturday.
Outdoor watering by users with odd addresses is limited to odd days, and with even addresses is limited to even days.
The use of automatic sprinkler systems is limited to one day per week, the day coinciding with the regular collection of household waste between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Long-standing city rules limit all outdoor water use to hand hoses. Violation of the by-law will result in the following fines: first violation, fine of $ 150; second offense, fine of $ 300; third offense, fine of $ 300 and separation from service.
PHASE II water restrictions are in effect. Odd / even lawn watering is permitted between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A manual hose for filling the garden and pool is permitted at all times. Lawn irrigation permits are available for complete lawn installations.
Outdoor watering is prohibited, except for ornamental plants and flower gardens with drip irrigation, hand hoses or a watering can is permitted before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
Wrentham is subject to mandatory level III water restrictions. This means no watering between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and watering only on the day of the residents’ trash outside these hours.
The city is continuing its outdoor water restriction in place since June 2009: only manual pipes are authorized. Anyone who violates this by-law incurs a fine of $ 50 for the first violation and $ 100 for each subsequent violation.
The city is in its Phase 2 outdoor water management program from May 1 to September 30. Even addresses are only allowed to water on even days, and properties with odd addresses are only allowed to water on odd days. 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Violators are liable to fines and water cuts as follows: First offense, written warning; second offense, fine of $ 50; third offense, fine of $ 100; and fourth violation, water interruption until continuing violation is resolved.